PARIS — French director Jean-Louis Bertuccelli died Friday in Paris. He was 71.
Bertuccelli was best known for “Ramparts of Clay,” a drama turning on a young woman from a small Algerian village who dreams of another life. It won a Jean Vigo prize and represented France in the foreign-language Oscar race in 1971.
Bertuccelli’s other notable credits include “Docteur Francoise Gailland,” starring Annie Girardot as a reputable doctor with a hectic family life who learns she has cancer. Girardot won a Cesar award for her performance in 1976.
“Jean-Louis Bertuccelli was a filmmaker engaged in the general interest of his art. More than anything, he looked at the world around us in a sincere and political way,” stated the guild of authors, directors and producers (ARP), of which Bertuccelli was a member.